First Brush with Florida

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Mar 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. (KNSI) Sunny Florida! 1 out of 2 is still hitting .500 I guess.

I am safely on the ground in Florida after a bit of a bumpy ride...but the sun unfortunately has not fully greeted me just yet. No matter. It will. I have faith.

My afternoon was spent getting my bearings, getting situated at my hotel, and finally headed to the ballpark. Both teams, the Tampa Bay Rays are down the road from Port Charlotte to take on the Twins tonight, took batting practice under cloudy skies, then before our 6:05 central time start, rain. More on that in a moment.

When dry, Hammond Stadium has all the charm and appeal you would expect from an intimate spring venue. A white facade welcomes everyone into the gates...the gates that hold all the best parts of spring and baseball. The pungent odor of hot dogs on a grill mixes with popcorn. The call of a beer vendor mingles with the crack of the bat. And perhaps most noticeable...the sharp green of the expansive grass captivates the eye.

Do we take grass for granted? Twin Cities residents Kathy and Gary don't. I found them sprawled on the grass berm. Hear more from them tomorrow on the KNSI Morning Show with Don Lyons when I join him live from the press box at Hammond starting at 6 AM.

Now the elephant in the room...The tarp on the field.

Do they play? Forecasters, or those that play them here at the stadium are hopeful the rain trails away, as are the folks in the stands. The photo below is not one any baseball fan wants to see. As for your "no kidding' tidbit of the day, those rain tarps are HEAVY. This comes from personal experience. As for the first question...its not looking good. 

Thats it for now. Again I'll be talking intro to Hammond Stadium and first impressions on the KNSI Morning Show with Don Lyons tomorrow, then when I join Bob Hughes later in the morning we will have a look at what there is to do here in Fort Myers, both Twins baseball and beyond.

Rain, rain, go away, these folks payed to see baseball today.

-J.W. Cox

KNSI's coverage of Twins Spring Training, directly from Fort Myers is brought to you by Foley Lumber and Milaca Building Center, Jackson Hewitt, Bristow's and New York Gyro. Hear J.W. all throughout the day on the KNSI Morning Show with Don Lyons, The Bob Hughes Show and Ox in the Afternoon. Coverage continues this weekend on the KNSI Saturday Morning Show with Dave Phipps and The Benchwarmers.

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